Pumping up a fist is a common sight at festivals across the country, but there’s a reason it’s often not the most practical gesture.
The simple act of pumping your fist can be awkward for some and dangerous for others.
But what if you could pump your fist without breaking the bank?
The new RTE show, Fist Pump, aims to help those with a limited budget by introducing them to the power of a hand pump.
“Fist pumps are a common trick among people who are trying to make it in the music industry,” said RTE’s producer and director of comedy, Sam Richey.
“They’re great, but they don’t work for everyone.”
A simple tip: Stick your thumb in your mouth.
This is the part where your tongue will be in contact with your teeth.
Richeys tips are designed to give everyone a good idea of what to expect from a fist pumping event, and how to perform.
“A lot of people are nervous about pumping their fist.
That’s understandable, but a lot of them don’t understand that the first thing to do is to put your thumb into your mouth,” said the comedian.
“And then your hand will start moving.”
If you’ve never heard of a fist, you’re not alone.
Most people do not know what a fist feels like, and a fist may feel like a big, solid object that you can grab and squeeze, but it doesn’t actually have a grip.
This can be confusing, and it can be uncomfortable.
“People might feel like it’s weird, but I’m not worried about it,” said Sam.
“I’ve never seen anyone actually pull their hand out of their mouth or anything, but you can just feel that pressure going up and down your thumb.
And you can see the way your fingers move.”
You can do this for up to a minute.
“You’ll notice that you’re actually feeling a little more of the grip, because it’s starting to feel a little bit heavier,” said Rhys.
“It’s just going to feel like that, so the only way to get it to feel really good is to have it in there for a minute and then you can go again.”
You could also pump your thumb out with your fingers, and you’ll have to be careful not to pull your thumb, or even break it.
“The idea is to get the thumb and finger together,” explained Sam.
The trick here is to make sure that you stick it in as much as possible.
“That’s where you want the thumb to be sticking out of the palm of your hand, and your finger is the way you’re going to grip it,” explained Rhys, who added that people might find it difficult to squeeze their thumb.
“We also wanted to have a little of the finger poking out, so it’s a little less intimidating.”
The first few times you try it, you might not feel like the pressure is there.
“But once you do, you’ll definitely feel like you’re in a good place,” said Simon.
“If you get it right, it’ll feel good and it’ll look really good.”
Richeies advice is to do it slowly.
“When you’re pumping your thumb it’ll be harder to squeeze and the fist will start to move,” said Chris.
“Just start slowly and get it down to a really slow, easy pace.
It’s all about being gentle, and not trying to get pumped too fast.”
If it’s not working for you, try a different technique.
“Try a different finger, or your fingers are different size, or the fingers are not very close together,” said Dave.
“Then try it again.
That can be very helpful.”
The new show is being broadcast on RTE2, on Tuesday, November 20 at 9:30pm.
For full details and a full list of the guests, check out the official RTE website.
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